By the healthiergang writer , student in Medicine and Surgery.
Sport and Study: 8 Tips to Reconcile Them Great
“Mens sana in corpore sano” said the great poet Juvenal, underlining the importance of physical activity in maintaining good brain functions, already known at the time of the Romans.
The teaching of sports practice should be important from childhood so that the child, future adult, already has the organizational ability and the flexibility to go from a kick to the ball to a multiplication, fully maximizing the time he has. available.
The European Parliament has also focused on the question, on how sport strengthens human capital thanks to its role in formal and non-formal education (training for life as well as life in the gym).
But certainly today it is not easy to reconcile sport and study and this especially in our country. You don't have to go overseas (see USA) to find clear examples of how universities and secondary schools themselves encourage children to play sports, encouraging them with scholarships that allow them to continue to receive training: in European countries such as England, Germany, Spain, sport has characterized the life of students since childhood.
I'm not saying that doing both is impossible here, on the contrary there are many cases of Doctor-athletes who stand out nationally and internationally, but attending university and high school environments very often you hear people say "because of the study I had to give up sport "Or" having good grades and practicing sports is impossible ": this is because there is no support from universities neither in terms of attendance nor in terms of economics, in your country it is the practice, except for those rare cases such as University of Trento which with the TOP-sport project offers help and flexibility to those who practice professional sport and do not want to give up their university career.
Now, not all of us are professional athletes or aspire to become one, some of us simply want to stay fit, have a nice body to show off on the beach, have fun in company or push themselves beyond their limits, but from athletes we can learn organizational strategies to be adopted to manage time and energy:
1. Take advantage of the "hole" hours
Well yes, do what you can every day, taking advantage of the hours of "hole" and anticipating the study when you have lighter days in order to carry on and not load everything on a single day, with the risk of not being able to study nor to train, so never bring back work.
2. Close and late
For those who have the possibility, choose centers or gyms near home and prefer the late afternoon for training, so as not to burden the study.
3. Centers affiliated forever
Look for affiliated centers close to universities, which for those who have the obligation to follow courses becomes advantageous not only in terms of time but also of money.
4. “Two”: The preferred number
Maximize training sessions by concentrating them in 2 days only, rediscovering the charm of the total body, working on basic exercises (Squat, Deadlift, Bench Press, Rowing), dedicating more time to study, still obtaining excellent results in terms of training given the stimuli that these movements are able to provide to our body.
5. The Union is strength
Find a friend to study or study in a group thus having the opportunity to discuss doubts and perplexities, relieving the amount of study; maybe do the same in the gym, finding a valid partner, essential when you are at the last repetition of the last set with the barbell that just doesn't want to get to the supports!
6. Home sweet home
If you really don't have time or chance, the last resort is the home gym. A few tools selected for your needs, an exercise bike, a treadmill or a bench with a few kilos of cast iron and that's it; at this point we can do flat bench even in slippers.
7. No stress
Integrating the two into everyday life does not have to be an additional source of stress; it would be better for us students to use sport as an outlet, to forget a bad grade or a failure in an exam, finding motivation and energy to give our best on subsequent occasions.
8. Define priorities
Certainly not rare are those days when you start studying at the first light of the morning and finish in the late evening, see the last days before a university exam or the boys engaged in the high school exams, or those in which you have low batteries: in these cases it is better to give space to priorities (training first of all) and recover energy by watching a good movie or going out with friends for a chat rather than going to the gym with little concentration at the risk of getting hurt.
To conclude, at the base of everything you need a strong motivation and a good organizational capacity: after all, the day is made up of 24 hours, some space for our hobbies must be somewhere!
Sometimes studying becomes the number one priority in our life. Especially during exams. In those moments it seems impossible to engage in other activities. In these cases, learning to manage your time is essential to be able to carve out time for sports or other sports activities. Difficult but not impossible. If you follow our 8 tips, you will be able to organize your day better. Now it's your turn to put them into action!
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